Published on Feb 28, 2020
Authored by Charanjeet Singh, MBBS
Menopause can be a challenging time. Many women experience physical and emotional changes that affect their daily life. If this sounds like you, it's reassuring to know that your doctor can provide helpful advice, and may identify options to help you manage your symptoms. Talking about menopause can be quite personal, but knowing what you’re likely to talk about and having some good questions to ask, can help make the conversation a little easier.
How menopause affects you is completely personal. While a small number of women breeze through menopause with barely any symptoms, others may find it distressing or experience anxiety, lack of energy or a feeling of not being in control of their bodies.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Around 80% of women experience menopausal symptoms.1 These may include the well-recognised hot flushes, vaginal changes and mood swings, but you may also experience symptoms like crawling or itchy skin, tiredness, bloating or headaches.
Your doctor can consider the different symptoms you are experiencing, your age, and your overall health – and then talk with you about management options that suit your individual needs.
Remember, no one knows your own body like you do. Discussing how you are feeling, even if it seems unrelated, is the first step towards finding a solution. Your doctor is there to listen and help you confidently decide on what’s best for you.
Choosing a doctor is a personal decision. It’s essential that you feel comfortable with them and trust them to give you all the information and support you need.
Be sure to book an appointment specifically to discuss menopause. There is a lot to talk about and understand, and it is too important to tag the conversation onto the end of another appointment. If possible, book a double or long appointment.
How you decide on a doctor will be different for every woman. Here are some things to consider:
A good doctor will not hesitate or be offended about referring you on.
Your health, habits and family history can all be important for the advice your doctor will give. Think about the questions below before your appointment to help get the most out of the time with your doctor:
Your doctor will also ask you about lifestyle habits such as your diet, exercise, sleeping patterns, smoking and alcohol intake.
You may also like to complete the Menopause Symptoms Checklist and print out your results. This can give you a clearer picture of your symptoms and help to start the conversation with your doctor.
What questions should you ask?
We have compiled a list of suggested questions here.
So, what are you waiting for? If menopause symptoms are affecting your daily life, it's time to take back control and tell Menopause who is boss in this relationship! Make your doctor's appointment today.
Last reviewed: 4/03/2020
- Jean Hailes Foundation: Menopause
- Australasian Menopause Society